Learn how to make beautiful oversized crepe paper flowers with this simple giant flower tutorial! These beauties bloom year round and are perfect for parties, photo backdrops, and home decor.
If you are looking for a fun paper craft perfect for weddings, parties, home decor and more, then you are in the right place! I had so much fun making these big colorful blossoms, and I know you will love making them too.
Crepe paper is perfect for getting beautifully delicate and realistic looking flowers. I just love them! Ready to get crafting? Here’s everything you will need to make your own gorgeous crepe paper flowers.
Giant flower tutorial supplies:
- Darice Crepe Paper Sheets (about one package per flower)
- Darice Floral Tape
- 18 inch Darice Floral Wire
- Fringe Scissors (optional)
Step One. Make Flower Center.
Start by cutting off a length of crepe paper the width of one fold of the crepe paper, and then fold it in half lengthwise. Next, use scissors (or fringe scissors if you have them) to cut fringe on the open side of the folded paper.
When you have cut all along the edge, unfold the paper and roll it up into a roll with tassels on both ends. Then, twist the roll in the middle and fold it in half to make a little bell shaped tassel.
Wrap a piece of wire around the fold in the middle of your tassel. This will be the very center of your flower. Wrap the base of this tassel with floral tape to secure it to the wire.
When working with floral tape, you need to gently stretch the tape as you wrap to get it to stick. It’s also easier if you cut off a piece of tape to work with rather than just pulling tape directly from the roll.
Next, add a bit more size and texture to the center of your flower with another layer. You can use the same color you used for the center tassel or different color – whatever you like!
Again, start by cutting a length of crepe paper one fold wide and fold it in half lengthwise. This time, you will clip through the folded side of the paper with the cuts a bit more spaced out.
Leaving this piece folded, wrap it around the center tassel and secure in place with the floral tape. This will create loops around the center of the flower.
Step Two. Cut and Shape Petals.
When the flower center is done, it’s time to get working on some petals! I just eyeballed the shape of my petals, but if you like, you can start by cutting templates out of cardstock. You want your petals to be long teardrop shapes in at least three sizes (adding longer petals and more sizes will make your flower larger).
For this pink flower, I three sizes of petals: 7.5″ long, 6″ long, and 4.5″ long. I cut eight petals in each size. You can easily cut all eight petals at once by folding your crepe paper before cutting.
Please Note: It is important tot cut your petals with the grain (the wrinkles in the paper) running vertically up the petal shape. This is essential to shaping the petals.
When your petals are cut, it is time for shaping! To create the curved, organic shape of the petals, use your fingers to gently stretch the center of the petal. Start in the center of the petal shape and gently pull your thumbs out towards the edges of the petal. You want to smooth out the paper as you stretch to curl and shape the petal.
Repeat this process for each petal.
Step Three. Attach Petals and Finish Flower.
When your petals are all cut and shaped, it’s time to attach them to the flower! Start with the smallest size and attach them to the flower center with your floral tape.
Keep wrapping and adding new petals, letting them overlap a bit as you go. When you have attached all of your petals, continue wrapping floral tape down the wire to finish off the stem.
And that’s it! Your beautiful giant crepe paper flowers are all done! If you want, you can add leaves at the base of the flower too.
I made a few leaves using the crepe paper leave technique I used in this wreath.
I also made a quick video of the giant flower tutorial – press play below!
Have you tried making crepe paper flowers? What would you use these beauties for?
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.